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anythingbutlimabeans Apr 3, 2011 05:15 AM

I'm hoping some of your great palates have scoped out something I haven't thought of. I enjoy sandwich, kitchen but need something else for a foodie - included lunch. Love Saxpahaw GS but too far for this time. Thoughts?

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    LindyD Apr 18, 2011 10:54 AM

    What about Vespa? Haven't been there in a while but have heard some good comments.

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      lilah Apr 12, 2011 12:31 PM

      Mediterranean Deli and Los Potrillos are casual but really good Middle Eastern and Mexican food respectively. I also like Tyler's in Carrboro and Jujube's on 54.

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      Mediterranean Deli
      410 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

      Los Potrillos
      1404 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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        burgeoningfoodie Apr 13, 2011 08:10 AM

        Meh Los Pos is typical TexMex...

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        burgeoningfoodie Apr 12, 2011 10:45 AM

        What about Crook's Atrium? I'd recommend it but haven't been.

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          ToothTooth Apr 12, 2011 11:20 AM

          I highly recommend Crook's Atrium for lunch. The food is great and you have the opportunity to sit in that unique atrium area while having your meal. This is one of my favorite lunch places in all of Chapel Hill.

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          bbqme Apr 12, 2011 09:16 AM

          You have to try the wings at Kildaire's Irish Pub. They are baked, fried, and then finished on the grill with this sweet and spicy glaze. So it remains tender from mainly being baked but also the crispy exterior from being fried and the slight char/smokiness of being grilled. Not your typical buffalo wings-- sometimes all that vinegar from the hot sauce and the greasiness of butter/margarine gets to be a bit much.

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            LulusMom Apr 12, 2011 10:26 AM

            We've been a few times, and the food has been good one time, just so-so the next (haven't had the wings - will next time). My problem is that it is SO loud. It's a fairly nice place to sit and have a drink (especially on Sundays - half price drinks, I think? or at least drafts) aside from the noise.

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            LindyD Apr 9, 2011 08:45 AM

            Have you had a BLT from Merritt's Store?

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              anythingbutlimabeans Apr 9, 2011 09:21 AM

              yes- love the blt's but not for this group (ambience). Took up Rory (above) on her note reminding me of courtyard seating since it turned out to be a nice day. Yummy and well-received. Thanks all!

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                LindyD Apr 9, 2011 09:51 AM

                Tried but True:
                The Sienna
                The Weathervane

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                  LulusMom Apr 9, 2011 10:06 AM

                  I've only ever been to the Sienna for brunch and was seriously underwhelmed. But I keep thinking about going back for dinner. What do you love there? What are the best things? How is the ambiance (it was horrible at brunch)?

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                    LindyD Apr 13, 2011 08:31 AM

                    I like the total experience: driving up to the beautiful building, entering the lobby, being seated - all very elegant. They have a very good chef who uses quality ingredients. I had a fried zuchinni flower that was amazing. The restaurant area is pretty and the wait staff is excellent. It is quiet and very conducive to intimate conversation. If you go at lunch you have the opportunity to have their great food at a price not as high as dinner.

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                      burgeoningfoodie Apr 14, 2011 01:17 PM

                      I use to like their $45 mimosa brunch when Anile was the chef.. I've not been back since Rose has taken over.

              2. LulusMom Apr 3, 2011 08:17 AM

                Glasshalful? Panzanella? I think Queen of Sheba is open the latter half of the week for lunch. Butternut Squash?

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                Panzanella
                101 E Weaver St, Carrboro, NC 27510

                Queen of Sheba's
                1129 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

                Butternut Squash Restaurant
                Chapel Hill, NC, Chapel Hill, NC

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                  anythingbutlimabeans Apr 3, 2011 09:48 AM

                  Thanks! I somehow always forget abt Glass HF. It's perfect for this.

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                    durhamois Apr 3, 2011 12:36 PM

                    Kitchen is open for lunch Tues-Sat.

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                      LulusMom Apr 3, 2011 01:46 PM

                      I've had two very good meals at Kitchen recently. Love the duck breast they've added to the dinner menu.

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                        anythingbutlimabeans Apr 3, 2011 02:01 PM

                        I'm a fan too but it was ruled out by a member of the grp cuz she'd been so often recently. Poor her!

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                          Rory Apr 3, 2011 04:18 PM

                          Vimala's, if I ate lunch it would be there for sure. She has fab chai & coffee masala.

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                            photai Apr 4, 2011 08:08 AM

                            Neal's Deli? (Seating is extremely limited.)

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                            Neal's Deli
                            100 E Main St Ste C, Carrboro, NC 27510

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                              anythingbutlimabeans Apr 4, 2011 08:14 AM

                              Thanks to all Vimala's and Neal's are great ideas; seating may make them not work for this but yum!

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                                Tom from Raleigh Apr 4, 2011 08:30 AM

                                Glasshalfull and Vimala's are the two best suggestions so far. I've had some truly excellent lunches at Jujube. My wife brought home a bahn mi from Jujube recently that was amazing.

                                On the lower end, how about Gourmet Kingdom, Red Lotus, or that new Thai place on 54? What about a trip to a taco truck? The Captain Poncho truck parks in front of the Jiffy Lube diagonally across from Crooks Corner.

                                Also, Tyler's has a surprisingly good menu. The Pig is another fine choice. Also, what about Allen & Son?

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                                Glasshalfull
                                106 S Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC 27510

                                Gourmet Kingdom
                                301 E Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510

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                                  ucctgg Apr 4, 2011 12:32 PM

                                  Captain Poncho left a couple of months ago after the construction work was done nearby. Too bad Chapel Hill makes it illegal for food trucks to park near the big new development on 140 West Frnaklin.

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                                    mpjmph Apr 4, 2011 12:38 PM

                                    Captain Poncho is still there, on the Carrboro side of Merritt Mill, diagonal from Crook's like Tom said. I see the truck there most evenings on my way home from the gym.

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                                      LulusMom Apr 4, 2011 01:20 PM

                                      And I see it fairly often in the mornings.

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                                        Rory Apr 4, 2011 04:01 PM

                                        Vimala's has courtyard seating & last Thursday they opened into another room, feel free to ask them. Glad you like it.

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                                          LulusMom Apr 5, 2011 09:25 AM

                                          Lulu and I went for lunch last week (and got to meet the enviably charming cervisiam). I liked the food, but I found the way they serve the masala dosa a bit irritating (with the wrapper already made but empty, and the stuffings on the side. I asked my husband, who has great knowledge of Indian cuisine, if this was just me being cranky and he said that it was very unusual to have it served that way. But still, everything tasted really good. Must remember to ask for the pickles on the side next time.

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                                            bbqme Apr 13, 2011 07:39 AM

                                            You are right, it's always stuffed inside. I suspect they put it on the side because then they don't have to provide as much of it. I guess it's necessary due to their higher food costs of using local grown ingredients? That said I bet if you asked for some more they would provide it, or charge a nominal fee.

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                                              LulusMom Apr 13, 2011 10:36 AM

                                              It isn't that I want more, I just don't want to be the one who has to try stuffing it on that awkward plate (on a small table). Maybe if I asked them to do that they would? I liked the food very much, but probably wouldn't get that again just because of how much work it was. And I'd be happy to pay for them doing the labor.

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                                        ucctgg Apr 4, 2011 05:34 PM

                                        I was just saying Poncho is not from Crook's Corner anymore.

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                                        Crook's Corner
                                        610 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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                            LulusMom Apr 9, 2011 08:59 AM

                            Had a very nice lunch at Kitchen this week. Totally different menu from the dinner one, but still good. Would happily go back again. Lulu got a burger that had an incredible beef flavor; I'm not a big meat eater and even I loved the taste. A nod and a wink to the wonderful chowhound who joined us.

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                              Tehama Apr 11, 2011 01:39 PM

                              It was a FABULOUS experience all the way around! I had the (Lulu's Mom, correct me if I am wrong with the ingredients), but the gougère with chicken and mushrooms. Yum-O! I'm telling you, LuLu's burger though looked outstanding. And here I was trying to be ladylike with my girls eating a dainty entrée. Next time I am ordering the gougère and the burger. The vino wasn't that bad either! ;-)

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